Paris-Roubaix – the legendary springtime Monument – is back for 2022. The 119th edition starts today, 17th April, at 10am BST. This morning's weather is looking kinder than recent years but expect plenty of mud on the ground still. From cobblestones to tough climbs, they don't call it "A Sunday in Hell" for nothing. So make sure you know how to watch a free Paris-Roubaix live stream from where you are with a VPN.
This year's Paris-Roubaix takes place over an unchanged 257.2 km course that features 54.8 km of bone-shaking cobbles. Of the 30 sectors, three will be of particular interest to future Tour de France riders, who will tackle them again on stage 5 in July.
Paris-Roubaix has been dominated by the Belgians for over a century but last year's race – the first wet Paris-Roubaix in 16 years – was won by Italy's Sonny Colbrelli (Team Bahrain Victorious) in a time of 6:01:57. It was the first time an Italian cyclist had won the race since Andrea Tafi took the 1999 edition.
Those muddy, slippery conditions resulted in a series of spectacular crashes in 2021 and we could see the same again in 2022. The weather is forecast to be overcast with possible showers. The temperature will be a chilly 13 degree celsius.
Those in Italy can watch for free on Rai and RaiPlay. Make sure you know how to watch a free Paris-Roubaix live stream from where you are.
Paris-Roubaix free live streams
In Australia, SBS will offer a free Paris-Roubaix live stream.
In Italy,Rai Play will serve up a free Paris-Roubaix stream. Both require a brief sign up.
In France, France 3 will show a free Paris-Roubaix live stream.
How to watch Paris-Roubaix from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Paris-Roubaix rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 percent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
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How to use a VPN to watch the Paris-Roubaix free live stream
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the Paris-Roubaix, you may wish to choose 'Italy' to access Rai Play.
3. Then head over to Rai Play on your browser or device and enjoy a free Paris-Roubaix live stream.
If, for whatever reason, you can't get it working, then do remember that you have the comfort of a 30-day money back guarantee with ExpressVPN. You could also try NordVPN, which also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and Surfshark which offers 24 hour assistance.
Paris-Roubaix live stream in the UK
The 2022 Paris-Roubaix will be aired live across the UK and Europe via Eurosport and Eurosport Player. Subscription costs from £6.99 a month or £39.99 a year.
If you happen to be outside the UK this weekend, simply use a VPN to access Eurosport as without being location blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN because it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 customer support.
Paris-Roubaix live stream in the US and Canada
GCN+ is the place to find a high-quality Paris-Roubaix stream in the USA and Canada.
The specialist streaming service costs just $8.99 a month or $49.99 a year in the US.
That includes live and uninterrupted coverage of men's and women's pro-cycling throughout the season, plus GCN+ originals.
Remember, you can use a VPN to access any local live stream when travelling away from home.
Paris-Roubaix 2022 route & full startlist
Bahrain - Victorious
VAN MOER Brent
VAN DER POEL Mathieu
Astana Qazaqstan Team
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
VAN AERT Wout
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
VAN DIJKE Mick
Israel - Premier Tech
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
VAN GESTEL Dries
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
VAN BAARLE Dylan
AG2R Citroën Team
VAN AVERMAET Greg
Trek - Segafredo
Groupama - FDJ
LE GAC Olivier
BORA - hansgrohe
Team Arkéa Samsic
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
VAN MELSEN Kévin
VAN DER HOORN Taco
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
LEVY William Blume
HANSEN Lasse Norman
RESELL Erik Nordsæter
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
UAE Team Emirates
LAENGEN Vegard Stake
GARCÍA CORTINA Iván
B&B Hotels - KTM
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DE PESTEL Sander